Wildcats end regular season with Big 8 win

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Seniors celebrate Senior members of the Cassville Wildcat basketball squad were honored before the start of the team's last home game of the season against Seneca. The seniors posed for a pre-game photograph with Wildcat fan Kelly Wade. Pictured above, from left, are: Brett Buchanan, Cody Ricklefs, Wade and Scott Fitzpatrick. Also honored before the start of the game were senior cheerleaders Savannah Harris and Cricket Miller. Buchanan is the son of Danny and Carrie Buchanan, of Golden, Ricklefs is the son of Lorrie and Randy Ricklefs, of Cassville, Fitzpatrick is the son of Mike and Sandy Fitzpatrick, of Shell Knob, Harris is the daughter of Rudy and Linda Harris, of Cassville, and Miller is the daughter of Gretchen Hartman, of Cassville. Democrat Photo

The Cassville Wildcats ended regular season play on a high note, defeating visiting Seneca to pick up Cassville's first Big 8 win on Senior Night last Friday.

Cassville defeated the Indians by a score of 58-50, outscoring the Indians 35-28 in the first half and 23-22 in the second half.

"I want to congratulate the seniors on the victory on Senior Night," said Coach Randy Robertson. Wildcats seniors include Cody Ricklefs, Scott Fitzpatrick and Brett Buchanan.

Ricklefs led the Wildcats with a season high 21 points, including three treys. He also contributed three rebounds, three assists and six steals in the win. Buchanan also played well, tallying 16 points, 11 rebounds and one assist.

Other key contributors were: Kelby Haynes, 6 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals; Tim Orrell, 6 points, six rebounds and two assists; Chris Born, 4 points and one rebound; Fitzpatrick, 3 points; and Brian Elkins, 2 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist.

Last Tuesday, the Cassville Wildcats went to Monett to play the Cubs. By the end of the first half, the Cubs led 39-31 and then came out in the second half and outscored the Wildcats 33-30 to claim a 72-61 victory.

Elkins put on an impressive performance as he led the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points, including five three-pointers. He also was credited with five rebounds and four assists. Haynes followed Elkins with 14points, 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Ricklefs finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, one assist and two steals, and Buchanan added 8 points, three rebounds and one assist. Orrell had 4 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

The Wildcats look to build on their win over Seneca as they open up Class 4 district play at Aurora. Cassville played Reeds Spring on Tuesday night. Results will be published in next week's Cassville Democrat.

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